O Christmas tree!
Thou tree most fair
Traditional German Carol
Written By: Unknown
We have few holiday traditions more beloved than putting up the Christmas tree. My earliest memories of Christmas all revolve around the tree. Even as a very young child when my father was in the Air Force and we were stationed in Japan for several years, we always had a Christmas tree.
The first weekend in December was typically when my family would go out and cut down a tree. It was a big deal and everyone had a vote. Once we got it home, Dad would carefully hang the lights on the tree, spray it with “snow” and bring it into the house for us to decorate. Opening up all the boxes of ornaments was really the beginning of Christmas for me.
It still is. Maybe it’s the tradition. Maybe it’s the memories. But those ornaments all have a story to tell. Baby’s first Christmas. The ornaments the girls brought home that they made at school. The ones that we made together. The ones with pictures in them. The ones that were given to us as gifts. Each ornament carefully wrapped and stored each year, to be enjoyed again and again.
We’ve had some years where the Christmas spirit was hard to find. Lean years when the struggle to keep everything going was all consuming. We had very small trees then, to match our circumstance, but always, there was a tree. The tree represented more than just a habit or a status, it brought hope. Whenever I walked into the house and turned on the tree, I had a moment to pause and think, everything is going to be ok. We’ll get through this.
This year is no different. These are hard times. Jobs are hard to come by. Money is tight. The economy is challenging. The news is depressing. Still, it’s Christmas. We have trees to decorate, cookies to bake, and gifts to give. We have blessings to be thankful for. We have family, we have friends. We have hope.
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